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Beginnings is a fictional novel, biographic in nature, that tells in the third person the story of the main proragonist, Eleanor, who is a seventeen year-old, whose mother has died, and whose father is a London gangster.
Eleanor's father gets caught up in a turf war between his boss and an up-and-coming brural interloper called Dominic.
Eleanor's father has go away for a while to escape almost certain death, so leaves his daughter with his boss, who places her with a shady couple, just before he dies or gets killed.
Completely unprotected in the underworld, this is where things start to go seriously wrong for Eleanor. She spends a little while in an East-End brothel, where she too incurs Dominic's wrath by escaping and helping a male, fellow prisoner to leave with her, which is the beginning of a beautiful but short relationship
Beginnings is the first part of the saga of Eleanor.
Beginnings has been well, but not perfectly edited, and would benefit from a reread, as would most books. The title is appropriate, but the name of the series is not immediately so. One can only assume that some of the same characters also appear in later volumes. The same goes for the meaning of the cover. The characters are well-drawn and plausible, if some of the language is not. For example, Miss Christmas has several rooms lingering behind doors, and two teenage white brothers calling each other bro in the Seventies. I don't remember any Brit, white or black using that term in those days.
I enjoyed Beginnings, of the series Same Face, Different Place, by Helen J. Christmas, give it full marks and urge you to read it if you like this type of genre-spanning epic.
At sixteen years old, Eleanor leaves her comfortable life for life on the streets. East London in the seventies sounds scary. Gangs rule the streets and the police. There are shootings and bombs. The story takes a dark turn.
One light shines in Eleanor's life when she saves a fellow teenager from a gang. Jake, a musician, is on the run because he witnessed a crime. Together, they find love and support. The best part of the book is when they discover their love in a house in the suburbs. Amidst all the horror and despair, they find true love. Nice.
Eleanor grows up during the story. Her decision-making process improves. Moreover, for a little bit, there's hope. Then the climax happens.
You will have to read it to find out.
As to not give away any spoilers I am not going to post this review about the book but about the authors writing style. Helen Christmas has done an Amazing job of writing about a time in which gangs and turf wars where in full bloom.Organized crime was at an all time High in London and was not able to be controlled by Law Enforcement due to being able to be paid off so well. Helen Christmas has done a great amount of research and has written a truly gripping story. This story is full of page after page of heartbreak, suspense and how even when one person is put endanger they will still help someone else. While reading you will find yourself loving and connecting with the characters and will even find yourself second guessing the villains at times. Just when you think you have reached the point of pure disgust at the main evil character you might think twice. Even they have the tendency to surprise you at times.
I loved this story and looking forward to reading Book 2 in the series. I definitely recommend this book to anyone who Loves crime stories with a little bit of romance to tie
it all neatly together.
Melissa Williams Brown ~WaAr~
Nothing dramatic, her stand is much more realistic and in the realm of possibility.
Eleanor is a fun character, one I liked almost from the get go and loved by the end of the story.
I had a bit of a problem with how the author sets up scenes to get Eleanor from one confrontation to the next. These scenes turns long at times. It seems, TAKE NOTE for me, in book one to serve little real function apart from making time go by until the next sequence of events can take place. Once these scenes plays out and Eleanor is again back in the lime light fighting odds that would have me bawling like a two year old.
I love the main protagonists, and love to hate the main evil guy and his cronies.
All in all a fun read and I would love to read more by this author later.